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Apex Legends and Overwatch could suffer from new bill on loot boxes

Published: 8/May/2019 19:29 Updated: 8/May/2019 19:41

by Bill Cooney

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A newly announced bill that would ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions in “games played by minors,” if it were passed could spell trouble for popular games like Apex Legends and Overwatch.

The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act was announced by Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri on May 8, 2019 and will take aim at games “whose developers knowingly allow minor players to engage in microtransactions.”

Hawley has only announced the bill and will introduce it to the Senate soon. In a press release, the Senator’s staff gave Activision game Candy Crush as an example, which features a $150 “Luscious Bundle” that gives players all kinds of in-game currency, boosts and more.

Respawn EntertainmentApex Legend’s players get 45 free loot boxes from levels 1-100.

Will loot boxes in Apex and Overwatch be illegal?

If the bill is passed it could apply to games like Overwatch and Apex Legends that have loot boxes and other ways for players to spend real money on in-game items.

Neither Apex or Overwatch feature so-called “pay to win” microtransactions, but both give players the option to spend real money on in-game cosmetics or loot boxes.

Both Apex and Overwatch feature loot boxes. In Apex, players receive a total of 45 free loot boxes from levels 1-100 and after that they have to buy any more they want.

Overwatch gives players a free loot box every level but also offers Overwatch League Tokens, which can be used to purchase more unique cosmetics from OWL teams. These are given to players for free if they link a Blizzard account to Twitch and watch Overwatch League, but they can just buy them as well.

“When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction. And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions,” Hawley said in a press release about the bill. “Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch players get a free loot box every time they level up.

What’s been the industry response?

After Hawley announced the bill the Entertainment Software Association, the lobbyist group for the video game industry, released the following statement:

“Numerous countries, including Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, determined that loot boxes do not constitute gambling. We look forward to sharing with the senator the tools and information the industry already provides that keeps the control of in-game spending in parents’ hands. Parents already have the ability to limit or prohibit in-game purchases with easy to use parental controls.”

Last Fall, the United States Federal Trade Commission promised to investigate loot boxes after a letter from Senator Maggie Hassan who said loot boxes and microtransactions were now “endemic” in the gaming industry.

It still remains to be seen how much support The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act will get in the Senate, so loot boxes in Overwatch and Apex are safe, for the time being at least.

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Apex Legends YouTuber shows why Horizon’s bunny hops can lead to wins

Published: 24/Nov/2020 1:15

by Alan Bernal

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Apex Legends YouTuber ‘The Gaming Merchant’ showed why Season 7 Legend, Horizon, has the best bunny hop in the game that can be a really big advantage if used correctly.

The longtime Apex content creator saw that Horizon’s bunny hop has a unique attribute to her, which essentially lets her get to full strafe speed much quicker than any other Legend in the game.

“When you combine bunny hopping and Horizon, some crazy things can end up happening,” The Gaming Merchant said, explaining how she had the most “efficient bunny hop style” out of the cast of characters.

Since the Gravitational Manipulator has great air control built into her, she can chain these hops in a consistent manner that lets players rapidly skid across the map at a constant pace, according to the YouTuber.

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Horizon has already proven to have great mobility among the cast of Apex Legends characters.

The YouTuber explained that it usually takes Legends “three hops per turn to get maximum momentum from air strafes.” However, Horizon can get to her max strafing movement in just one hop per turn.

In practice, that means that players don’t have to mix up their movement to achieve the fastest b-hops; instead, they can calculate exactly what path they want to take, knowing that Horizon can reach max speed in any direction.

Showing off how the mechanic works in live matches, The Gaming Merchant can be seen absolutely running circles around entire teams without skipping a beat.

Even more impressive is how Horizon’s bunny hops can still be seamlessly chained even if she falls from high places. While her unique hops amp up her attack, being able to hop away at max speed from a fall can lend a hand when trying to escape a chasing opponent.

Seeing as how diversity in your movement can make or break a match in Apex Legends, this could be a game-changer for Horizon mains if used correctly.

We’ve already seen some tricks uncovered with Horizon’s ability kit, like the Gravity Lift in certain places, that gives her tricky moves to deal with as an opponent.

Now it looks like Apex Legends players have another way to squeeze out that extra movement speed from the game’s latest character to join the battle royale.